As a kid growing up, this was the Christmas album. I can still sing most of the words to this entire album. It represents a few things in my musical background and education. Duets, Christmas music, and classic country.
As a fan of harmony, I'm a sucker for a good duet. Ones where both parties trade melody and harmony. Dolly and Kenny melded so well on this album and in songs like Islands in the Stream. Their talent shows in their ability to compliment each other without overpowering the other.
Christmas music is one of my favorite genres. I'm a bit of a purist, so I won't start listening to it until after Thanksgiving, but there is such a wealth of good material, I enjoy rediscovering every year. I also look forward to discovering new songs and new arrangements of classic songs to keep updating my My Favorite Things playlist.
Now for classic country. This also falls under your first musical influences being the music of your parents. To that end, I got a lot of 1970s and 1980s country music in my background. I'm probably one of the only people my age that was a member of the Barbara Mandrell fan club. To me there is a magic in that music, the mixture of electric and steel guitar. The point before country went nearly full pop.
For those of you that can stand Christmas music out of season, my favorite from the album below.